Happy Sunday Afternoon …
Hope you’re enjoying your weekend. We’ve been trying to stay warm, as winter made an abrupt appearance here in Minnesota (in case we forgot what season it was)! A bunch of snow on Tuesday, and since then, frigid temperatures. I checked my phone at breakfast on Saturday morning, and here’s what it told me.
High of 0. Beautiful! Why do I live here? I wonder sometimes…
The boys did enjoy the snow for a bit before the temps dropped:
This weekend, we worked on a couple of handmade ornaments for both ourselves and to give as gifts (to the grandparents, most likely … they like pictures, right?).
Today, I’ll share with you the red & white ornament we came up with (we’re still putting the finishing touches on our birch log ornaments …). Here’s how the red and white ones turned out:
It was a quick, simple project, and I love how they turned out! We try to create a photo ornament every year for our tree. Not just because we like looking at ourselves hanging on the tree, but it’s so fun to dig them out each year and see how much the boys have changed. And then I want to cry. Just a little. Can’t they just stay small???
This one is hanging on our tree right now, but I just may become a gift for Grandma … we’ll see.
It really did take only 20 minutes. Interested? Here’s what you’ll need:
- Mini Canvas from Michael’s or JoAnn (or any craft store). This one is 3″ x 3″.
- Picture (cut to size)
- Mod Podge (and brush)
- Wrapping paper or fun scrapbook paper
- Pom Pom Trim
- Ribbon for hanging
- Metal label holder (not pictured)
- Brads (not pictured)
- Staple gun (optional)
Here’s the quick how-to:
Step 1: Cut wrapping paper to size, and ‘wrap’ front of canvas (just as you would a present). Place glue on the back of the canvas and stick paper to it.
Step 2: Apply a layer of Mod Podge to front of canvas:
Step 3: Place picture centered on canvas (I let some of the paper show around all edges). Apply a second layer of mod podge over the top (you don’t have to wait for the first coat to dry).
Step 4: After mod podge has dried (give it about 30 minutes), flip canvas over and glue pom pom trip around all four edges, making sure pom poms stick out evenly on all sides.
Step 5: Add ribbon to hang canvas. You can simply glue in place on the back and wait for it to dry:
Or if you’re impatient like me, and don’t feel like waiting for the glue to dry… you can add two staples to secure the ribbon in place:
Step 6: Cut piece of white paper to fit inside label holder and add your label (I used stickers here to add the year). Add label holder to front. I used Krazy glue to secure the holder. Hot glue or even all purpose glue would probably work, too.
Step 7: To give the label holder the look that it’s nailed in place, I stuck little silver brads through the holes on either side. I first punched a hole with a large needle, then simply stuck my brads through and secured on the back.
That’s it! Hang and admire your custom ornament.
Just for fun, I tried hanging it in the center of our yarn wreath:
Better on the tree?
This ornament just may be the kick off to decorating our red and white room. Stay turned for more red and white decor this week (and our other DIY ornaments … if they turn out).
Have a great end of your weekend and start to your week!
Here’s a sneak peak on our birch slice ornaments we’re still working on (more picture ornaments … hmmm, maybe we do like looking at ourselves). Stay tuned for the final product (hopefully).